Entry Level Home Economics (2015)

The CCEA Entry Level Home Economics specification allows learners to study topics within the areas of Healthy Eating, Family Life and Independent Living. We also offer a GCSE in Home Economics: Child Development and a GCSE in Home Economics: Food and Nutrition.

Entry Level qualifications can help learners to expand their knowledge, increase their confidence and demonstrate achievement. This includes some who might not be ready for a course at GCSE level or equivalent.

This specification is made up of units, and learners can gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 or 3. For each unit, learners produce a portfolio of work to show how they’ve met the assessment criteria; there are no exams.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Science and Technology and Learning for Life and Work Areas of Learning.

There are 18 units in total. Learners must complete three mandatory units (Units 1, 11 and 15) and a further six units from those listed:

  • Unit 1: Basic Food Preparation (Mandatory Unit)
  • Unit 2: Safety and Hygiene in the Kitchen
  • Unit 3: Using Cooking Equipment
  • Unit 4: Food Safety and Storage
  • Unit 5: Healthy Eating
  • Unit 6: Following a Recipe
  • Unit 7: Making a Simple Meal
  • Unit 8: Planning and Preparing Food for a Special Occasion or Event
  • Unit 9: Fast Food
  • Unit 10: Foods around the World
  • Unit 11: Learning through Play (Mandatory Unit)
  • Unit 12: Child Development (0 – 5 years)
  • Unit 13: Keeping a Young Child Safe
  • Unit 14: Living in a Family
  • Unit 15: Managing My Money (Mandatory Unit)
  • Unit 16: What's on a Label?
  • Unit 17: Shopping Options
  • Unit 18: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2015
First award: from Summer 2016
QAN: 601/5585/1
Subject code: 3310
Guided learning hours: 120
Qualification level: Entry 1/2/3

Skills developed through our Entry Level Home Economics

This qualification aims to help learners prepare for working and adult life by developing employability and independent living skills. It emphasises learning by doing, with a focus on transferable skills that learners will need in a changing and dynamic working environment.

As well as developing skills in practical cookery and managing resources, learners have opportunities to think critically, evaluate information and their own performance, and make informed choices and decisions that will help develop their self-confidence.

They can also develop key skills in:

  • application of number;
  • communication;
  • improving their own learning and performance;
  • information and communication technology;
  • problem-solving; and
  • working with others.

Those who complete this qualification can progress to other Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 or GCSE qualifications, or to related training courses.

Why study Food and Nutrition with CCEA?

Watch this short video to hear from industry experts, past and present pupils, promote the many career opportunities and lifelong benefits for students, of studying a Food and Nutrition qualification.

For more information on this specification contact:

Dorothee Wagner
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1426
Louise Millar
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1410

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